Have you ever left your house to catch a flight and realized midway that you forgot either your boarding pass or passport at home? Well, We’ve all been there. We’ve all checked our bags constantly to make sure that we have our ID and boarding passes with us. Time and time again we have cursed airports and thought of them as a hassle.
But imagine this: you walk into an airport without your passport, not because you forgot it, but because you don’t need it. You walk through all security checkpoints simply by showing your face. No one even asks for your ID let alone check it.
Doesn’t seem real? Well, it is. The government’s new plan of contactless air travel, DigiYatra, does exactly that. It vows to make your travel experience as hassle-free as possible. DigiYatra is essentially a facial recognition software that uses your facial features to establish your identity. It ensures that you do not have to carry your boarding pass or ID with you while traveling. Overall, it is an innovative approach to an issue that has haunted travellers since the ages.
DigiYatra is very wittily said to provide the BEST (Biometric enabled seamless travel) experience. While enabling travellers to travel seamlessly, it also releases the airport of the congestion due to long queues at various checkpoints. It is a service that will make the travel experience better for every party involved. For instance, data from airports, such as Dubai, Singapore, that have previously used facial recognition software shows that travel has become more efficient since the software has been in use.
DigiYatra’s first phase
The service, in its first phase, will be launched in seven airports: Delhi, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata and Vijayawada. Currently, it has been opened to the public in Delhi (terminal 3), Bengaluru and Varanasi airports. The others will follow by March of 2023.
The introduction of DigiYatra is just the beginning in the advancement of travel technology. Such an initiative by the civil aviation industry will surely prove to be a step towards a more technologically advanced nation.